I was just checking news on metal detecting looking for some inspiration for a new blog post when I stumbled upon this article from Kent, England.
The first thing I noticed was the beauty of the finds, I have never dug a find that is Anglo-saxon. To see those fittings and broaches with enanal still on them is pretty amazing.
And then it hits you.... look at the state of the site now. It looks as though a jcb has gone wild. The context of that find has been destroyed, if it was a burial site its been decimated now.
I wonder if at any point one of the detectorists there thought maybe we should ring the flo to get some advice before we cause any more damage? Im guessing not.
At the end of the day they are well within the law and their rights to do what they did. But surely comman sense dictates that they should have seeked professional guidance wheb they realised what they were onto.
Side note- This is not ethical detecting.